I think it would be safe to say I’m not that big on change, especially at this time of year. Our family always follows the same tradition for Christmas. Big, bushy tree, same decades-old ornaments, freshly sliced & dried oranges hanging amidst flickering candle light bulbs and that Angel with Attitude who unfailingly gives me grief with her wonky ways atop the tree (I swear she’s a midnight drinker) We’re blessed to live in a home that lends itself to traditional east coast Christmas decor, despite living in Southern California so it’s something I’ve really come to enjoy. Occasionally my husband or sons request brightly coloured lights (and believe me, in my weaker moments the temptation to string lights that don’t need to be attached individually, burn out every few days or point straight up is tempting) but I just…could…never…do it.
Until this year.
This year was a Big One for my husband and so guess what-
I let him choose what he wanted for Christmas.
I know. What a wife. Speaking of angels
So, here we are in South America!
Patagonia, to be precise.
(The silver, glass & marble tree is in the Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires but more on B.A. in another post)
Now a family excursion to Patagonia must be organized and booked a long time in advance. A year in fact. Believe it or not, in this ever broadening era of globalization, even the last edge of the world before Antarctica is a real hot spot.
Did I ever expect I’d be having shoulder surgery 2 months prior to our departure? Hell no, but canceling was definitely not an option ( I’d canceled once before…not such an angel, truth be told I was scared to break with tradition!)
And the fact that I literally couldn’t do any Christmas decorating or entertaining ended up working perfectly (and guilt-free) into our original travel plans. The tipsy angel stayed in the attic, the stair bannisters remained nude as can be and we’ve had a pretty wild adventure here with nary a dried orange slice in sight.
The hotel blackboard posting all the daily activities. Patagonia obviously attracts a very outdoorsy type of clientele.
No jokes, please.
Of course my physical abilities were somewhat more limited than usual, but I could certainly hike…
Enjoy the views, lift a knife & fork and a glass or two.
Vegetarians should now skip the next couple of photos.
Christmas Day Lunch was, again, something completely different for us; lamb roasted at a local working ranch in Chile.
FYI-the wines in Argentina and Chile are DELICIOUS (that’s not my husband beside me, just in case you were wondering)
The scenery is utterly breathtaking.
I have so many more things to share with you, but I’m calling it a night here, it’s late (it stays light until almost 11pm!) and the day begins bright and early tomorrow.
Enjoy these last few days of 2013!!
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